"Going solar was an important decision for the economic and environmental sustainability of our farmland. Citizens went the extra mile to take care of our neighbors in the construction process, showing real heart." - Dave Bliss, Landowner, Bliss Dairy
The Bliss Dairy Solar project is located in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, on a dairy farm owned and worked by the same family since the 1600s.
The Bliss farm, a premiere operation in the southeastern corner of the state, has survived for 300 years due to an entrepreneurial approach, including an embrace of innovation. Erecting a 2.6-megawatt (MW) solar array on the property allows the family to generate revenue from non-productive land and preserve the space for other uses once the 30-year life-cycle of the solar project comes to a close.
The project generates enough electricity to power over 250 homes and displace over 2,500 tons of carbon emissions annually.
Electricity from the project is being sold at a discount to a local municipality through the state’s net metering program, providing another example of how solar supports local businesses and municipalities alike.
|Owner and Operator||Citizens Enterprises Corp.|
|Developer||Citizens Enterprises Corp.|
|General Contractor||M.A. Mortenson Company, Minneapolis, Minn.|
|Electrical Contractor||Mass. Electric Company, Waltham, Mass.|
|Permitting Support||GPR Inc., Ayers, Mass.|
|Installed Capacity||2.6 MW DC|
|Jobs Created||45 during construction|
|Site Area||12 acres|
|Energy Production||3,350,000 kWh per year|
|CO2 Displacement||3,500 tons per year|
|Inverter Manufacturer||Solectria, Lawrence, Mass.|
|Inverter Type||SGI 500 PE|
|Module Manufacturer||JA Solar|
|Module Wattage||300/305 Watts|